Okay schoolbus gal I guess I miss understood I thought you were saying my daughter was unfit to ride barrels.I am sorry I was ugly. After I read that then read what allycat said about when she sees a horse that want go in that she sees a lazy rider I got mad. You can understand that .
I use to have roping horses and as in any athletic event there are injuries. With horses they are usually leg and ankle injuries. Just like the million dollar athlete takes shots and drugs to keep playing so do the million dollar horse owners give the shots. It is all about $$$.
There is nothing like preventative treatments and rest when any athlete gets injured and the same goes for the 4 legged kind.
1) are you sure it is a leg/ankle injury that is keeping your horse from wanting to go in the ring and if so why not rest him/her for a bit
2) I have also seen some barrel racing trainers that tune a horse up so hot that they get so wired when they are going into the ring they are uncontolable at the gate.
A good barrel horse will run his heart out for you and you could put your grandchild on that horse when it is not in the ring and trust the horse and kid together.
I have a good friend whose barrel horse has had his done a few times. Done in combination with great shoeing, saddle fit, body condition, and training she says it has made all the difference in the world!! He was sore earlier this year and now she is at the world show and he's wrapping barrels like a smaller horse and ran a 1D time for her! She's done a great job getting him ready for this and I'm sure if you asked her she'd say that it definitely helps. But she has made sure her other ducks are in a row though too. She suggested it for my horse but I am not exactly as serious about competing as she is- I have two children who I have to keep in a row!!!
You must know that once you start injecting the hocks, you always have too. I would consider an alternative if possible. My sisters stud, who has been refusing to turn the first barrel, they thought they would have to inject his hocks, but after a second opion they learned, that what had really happened was a mare had kicked him and broke his hip several months ago, the hip has healed, but she has to do several excercises with him. Also, I believe their are some excercises you can also do to help strengthen the muscles around that area, I would suggest taking him to a chiropractor also. You wouldn't believe what they can do. If they are out just a tiny bit in their back, it can make a horse do strange things! Good luck! Oh you should my families site.... www.brokenhranch.com It's not finished, but you can Silver, the stud I was talking about. My sisters have broke and trained almost every horse they run.